National Lampoon's Van Wilder
Good, Unclean Fun
I know I am going to get raked over the coals of
hell for this, but I liked this movie. I picked up this DVD on a
whim (having missed it in the theater) and watched it with my wife,
(who also enjoyed it but will kill me for telling you all this).
Van Wilder is not particularly clever or original, but it is very
entertaining and it does have a secret weapon in the incredibly
likeable Ryan Reynolds who, mark my words, is going to be a HUGE
star! Watching this actor react and swish through each scene with
grace and humor is so much fun, you forget that the movie itself
isn't breaking any new ground. I believe the theatrical release
was rated PG-13 and thankfully Artisan had the brains to release
a 2 disc, unrated edition that includes the excised nudity, miscellaneous
gross-out humor, and foul language. This movie somehow just worked
for me, and the tale of Van Wilder, slacker nice guy and permanent
college student, is a must for fans of the "Porkys" and
"Animal House" genre.
The 2-disc set includes a lot of outtakes, deleted scenes and very
funny "making of" type features. This movie is definitely
a rental, but those who liked the movie will want to pick up this
nice DVD set. There are some great moments which warrant repeat
viewings and I predict this movie will earn a deserved "cult"
following. Good, unclean fun!!!